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    The ADK (for which I write) shuns hiking times....

    The ADK (for which I write) shuns hiking times. They do give a short description of why in the preface of the book, with a very conservative formula.

    I'm not sure it has ever happened, but if you...
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    ... And the smoke has made it all the way to...

    ... And the smoke has made it all the way to Europe! :eek:
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    Ok, I think we're still friends! :D Most of...

    Ok, I think we're still friends! :D

    Most of what the AFRs and ADK folks are 'preaching' is not to avoid SARs, but to avoid back country degradation.
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    I'm not sure if you are talking about Assistant...

    I'm not sure if you are talking about Assistant Forest Rangers, who have little authority (on their own), or NYS Forest Rangers, which have all the authority of the State Police (carry guns, write...
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    Cairn - Phone App

    Has anyone tried this?

    To quote their own verbiage:

    "Cairn helps you get home safely from any outdoor adventure ó hikes, runs, climbs, etc. Easily share your plans with loved ones, record your...
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    Record broken for female 46R speed record ...

    Record broken for female 46R speed record

    https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/42174/20200821/hiking-to-history-virginia-woman-sets-new-adirondack-46-high-peaks-record
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    I just heard Kaaterskill Falls is getting 1500...

    I just heard Kaaterskill Falls is getting 1500 visitors a day! :eek: :eek: :eek:
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    I've always avoided the Conway area like the...

    I've always avoided the Conway area like the plague/virus but this makes it sound even worse! :eek:
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    Hello from the Catskills

    In case anyone was interested, the Catskills are mostly open. The caretaker of Graham and Doubletop still has a restriction on 'locals only' (a few surrounding counties).

    The trails are packed on...
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    I haven't seen the spigots, but installing a...

    I haven't seen the spigots, but installing a spigot that requires the user to hold it open would solve that problem.
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    Not that I am aware of.

    Not that I am aware of.
  12. If you look at ...

    If you look at

    https://www.google.com/search?q=covid+cases+by+state

    And select AZ, CA, FL, TX, etc. you will see significant upticks in cases. Call it what you like, but it's happening in many...
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    Every list has their own requirements. None of...

    Every list has their own requirements. None of the lists require you to finish in a certain time period (except single season challenges). I've heard of people taking 50 years+ to do some of the...
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    Hiking For Patches Facebook Page

    For those of you who are patch hounds, a NJ hiker has put together a HUGE list of quests/challenges/etc. that bestow a patch.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/HikingForPatches

    If you go to the...
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    So, not a bear?

    So, not a bear?
  16. We should start a new 'circles of hell' thread. ...

    We should start a new 'circles of hell' thread.

    - People who say xxx trail can be done in yy hours (NEVER give time estimates!)
    - Failure to provide adequate descriptions
    - Misuse of 'curated'...
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    I've seen this before, not sure where, but #1 is...

    I've seen this before, not sure where, but #1 is surely debatable (search the archives).

    Wild flowers, I think you can pick a small quantity, right? I know in NY you can pick berries, or ramps,...
  18. Yet another change for Graham and Doubletop

    From the Catskill 3500 Club:

    Doubletop & Graham Caretaker Contact Information Change!

    Due to the amount of people reaching out to the caretaker for hikes to these two mountains, he is revising...
  19. Supposed to be in the low 30's here in the...

    Supposed to be in the low 30's here in the mountains in a few days! (Catskils)
  20. That DEPENDS on what you need to use the restroom...

    That DEPENDS on what you need to use the restroom for! :D

    Or, if circumstances permit, you can go into the woods and do your business there as well.
  21. An explanation of why it's moving ...

    An explanation of why it's moving

    https://news.yahoo.com/magnetic-pole-siberia-182700757.html
  22. Hawaii at 9000'. So many stars, I, (past...

    Hawaii at 9000'. So many stars, I, (past president of an astronomy club), was confused as to what I was seeing!
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    Catskills are expecting snow the next 2 days..

    Catskills are expecting snow the next 2 days..
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    She is doing well. She has another child, and has...

    She is doing well. She has another child, and has changed careers.
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    VFTT human Logo, with Papa Bear (photographer),...

    VFTT human Logo, with Papa Bear (photographer), Tom Rankin, Laurie the lurker, and 2 of my kids.6399
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